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Soderstrom proving he's Double-A ready (Aug. 7)
New level of baseball, same old Tyler Soderstrom.
The 20-year-old’s productive game started early with a single and an RBI double in his first two at-bats. Soderstrom topped it off with an RBI infield single in the seventh inning.
The catcher’s productive day at the plate improved his slash line to .304/.292/.565 in his five games at the Double-A level. -- Edwin Perez
The backstop showed off his ability to hit to all fields, smacking singles to right, center and left field in his first three at-bats in Triple-A Las Vegas’ 6-5 loss to Reno, with the first two base knocks driving in runs. He completed his effort with a final hit to right in the seventh inning. All four hits came off of righties, continuing the trend of the 24-year-old thriving against right-handed pitching; he sports a .292/.377/.513 slash line with 13 homers against righties.
It's the second four-hit game for Langeliers in his last 10 games and his fourth multihit effort in that span. On the season, MLB’s No. 29 overall prospect is hitting .281 with an .880 OPS, 17 doubles, 19 homers and 53 RBIs in 86 games. -- Stephanie Sheehan
2022 1st-rounder Susac goes 3-for-3 in pro debut (Aug. 4)
The “local kid done good” narrative couldn’t have gotten off to much of a better start for Daniel Susac than with his 3-for-3 outing in his professional debut. Selected with the 19th overall pick in the 2022 Draft, the Jesuit HS (Carmichael, Calif.) graduate delivered in spades in Game 1 of his taste of Arizona Complex League action.
From the onset, it was one at-bat, one line drive knock for Susac, the first going to left field. Getting up again in the second inning, he slashed another single, this one to right, which also produced his first pro RBI. The backstop tied a knot on his debut by socking an RBI double to center in the fourth, a frame in which the ACL A’s would compile a seven-spot.
“We really like the offensive potential and we think he has a chance to be a very good defensive catcher as well,” A’s scouting director Eric Kubota said after the Draft. “Where we picked, we felt like he was head and shoulders above anybody else that was left on the board at that time.”
Susac was an offensive dynamo during his two seasons at the University of Arizona, as he slashed .352/.413/.586 across 125 games. The younger brother of former big league catcher, Andrew, Daniel checks in at 6-foot-4 and per MLB Pipeline, he has the potential to impact the game on both sides of the ball.
It's just one game of many to come, but Susac's impact was felt from the jump. -- Jesse Borek
2 ITPHRs in 2 games? This A's prospect did it (Aug. 4)
Denzel Clarke has etched his name in history.
Coming off of his appearance in the All-Star Futures Game, the 15th-ranked A's prospect did something that may not have been done in the history of baseball -- he recorded inside-the-park homers in consecutive games.
Yes, there have been instances of the phenomena happening twice in one game. In the expansion era (since 1961), three players have accomplished that feat: Dick Allen in 1972, Greg Gagne in 1986 and Ruben Sierra in 1987. In fact, two days later Sierra notched another inside-the-parker to make it three in three games. But, no one has done it in consecutive games.
Enter Clarke. Full story »
Soderstrom tattoos first Double-A home run (August 3)
In his second game at Double-A -- and first getting the nod behind the plate -- Tyler Soderstrom left the yard.
Soderstrom got the start at first base in his Double-A debut and went 0-for-3 with an RBI. On his second night at the level, the catcher started with a lineout to center in the first before arriving with a bang. Soderstrom took the first pitch he saw in the third inning from Travelers starter Emerson Hancock and clobbered it over the left-field wall.
Following groundouts in the fifth and sixth, the 20-year-old finished on a good note with a single on a liner to right field in the top of the ninth.
Soderstrom spent his first 89 games with High-A Lansing and batted .260/.323/.513 with 20 homers and 71 RBIs. -- Tyler Maun
Hoglund continues rehab with second strong ACL outing (July 30)
Gunnar Hoglund's pro career to this point has involved a lot of moving but very little action. That's starting to change, fast.
The right-hander, whose Tommy John rehab moved from the Blue Jays -- who selected him in the first round last year -- to the Athletics in the Matt Chapman deal in March, made a second appearance in the Arizona Complex League and was stellar once again. Hoglund struck out a pair over three innings and now has yet to allow an earned run over five total frames.
The fifth-ranked Oakland prospect garnered heavy interest in the 2021 Draft despite having undergone surgery. In his final two seasons at Mississippi, Hoglund posted a 2.41 ERA with 133 strikeouts in 86 innings. -- Jacob Resnick
Muncy goes long for first time at High-A (July 27)
Max Muncy has needed little to no adjustment since joining the Lugnuts.
The first-round (25th overall) selection in the 2021 Draft began the night with a leadoff homer to left-center field on the very first pitch of the game, his first with his new team. In his second at-bat, the 19-year-old laced a double to left in the second. He followed with a single to right in the sixth, ending the evening a triple shy of the cycle.
The shortstop's three hits are the most since his promotion on July 20. In the five games since, Muncy's slashing .333/.375/.762. -- Ethan Sands
Soderstrom swats pair of homers; Langeliers perfect (July 26)
Tyler Soderstrom grew up in Turlock, Calif., which is less than 100 miles away from RingCentral Coliseum, and a night like he had for the Lugnuts shows why one day he may become an everyday starter in the stadium that is close to home.
“It felt good tonight,” Soderstrom said. “I’m glad I gave my team a chance to win and drove in the runs that I did tonight.” Full story »
Oakland's No. 12 prospect was a catalyst for the RockHounds' offense. The 21-year-old notched his first hit of the evening with a single to center field in the third inning and a single to right in the fifth. The first baseman's third knock came by a two-run homer -- his 14th of the year -- to left-center. He wrapped up his night with a single in the ninth.
Diaz is currently on a 16-game on-base streak, reaching base in each game while having a hit in all but one outing in July. The Colombia native is hitting .310 on the season and slashing .359/.414/.422 over his hot stretch. -- Ethan Sands
Gelof crushes slam in second game of Midland return (July 17)
Zack Gelof has not let his injury slow his progress.
The 22-year-old's lone hit of the day was a go-ahead grand slam deep to left field in the fifth inning.
Before his injury, Gelof posted a .301/.389/.482 slash line and tallied 25 hits, two home runs and 15 RBIs. --Alyssa Gomez